Following a great performance at the Tsalteshi Invitational, the Mariners will host the Homer Invitational starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
Although the Tsalteshi race doesn’t feature a lot of small schools, Homer was the top 1-2-3A squad in both the girls and boys races, even beating out powerhouse Grace Christian. The girls finished sixth out of 16 participating schools; the boys seventh out of 19 participating schools.
Megan Pitzman was ninth in 19:54 in the girls race, and Homer’s top female finisher.
Before she burst out of the forest and onto the football field for her finishing kick at the Nikiski Class Races on Monday at Nikiski, Soldotna senior Olivia Hutchings actually had to run under a spectator who had strung a hammock from a tree on each side of the trail.
One would think Hutchings would remember that, but it’s an indication of how hard she ran — and how hard Nikiski’s roller-coaster course is — that the last thing she recalls in the 5-kilometer race is looking at her watch and seeing she had run 3.8 kilometers.
Although this past weekend didn’t end in a victory, the Homer High School softball team held its own during the state championships in Fairbanks, placing third overall and winning two out of four games. The Mariners lost to Sitka and Ketchikan, but had overwhelming wins against Hutchison and North Pole.
The Homer softball team cannot seem to crack the Southeast code, but the same can be said for most of the state.
The Mariners’ 2015 soccer season drew to a close Friday. The boys team had a fantastic season and reached state for the third time in Mariner history, before ending the season with a 2-1 loss against Bartlett.
The team put up a solid defense against Bartlett, refusing to go down without a fight. Senior Kenneth Schneider scored a penalty kick against Bartlett.
“You know it was a tough game. It ended up being our last, but the boys never stopped playing. ... We went out very well,” said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.
The Mariner baseball team dropped two games in regional play in Wasilla to close out the 2015 season.
In game 1, the Mariners fell to Palmer 16-9. Kyle Johnson started on the mound with Owen Delehanty pitching the last several innings in relief.
The Palmer club had the bats going early, picking up five hits and four runs in the first and then six runs in the third to claim a commanding early lead.
The Homer High School track and field season ended with success as the girls team secured second overall at the State Championships last weekend.
The girls team chalked up 80 points during the meet, losing out to Anchorage Christian who scored 95.
“I really couldn’t be happier,” said Coach Bill Steyer. “It was a great finish to the season.”
On Thursday the Girls Soccer team squared off in the first round of regionals against Colony. Colony had proven to be a challenge for the Mariners all season, and beat the girls 0-4.
Unfortunately this was a first round elimination, and effectively ended the girls soccer season.
Though a disappointing ending to a difficult season, 2015 proved to be a promising year several players. Uliana Reutov, a sophomore, ended the season with the most points, scoring 7 total goals and an assist throughout the season.
The regionals have proven to be a tense challenge for the Mariners. But after Beating both Wasila and Grace Christian, the boys soccer team is forging it’s own path ahead to the state championship.
Thursday was the first round of the regionals in Palmer, and was a sudden death elimination. Teams that lost this first round were immediately knocked out of the bracket. The Mariners faced off against Wasilla for a challenging start to the conference.
The public is invited to a fun day of golf and lunch in support of Hospice of Homer. The sixth annual Holes “Fore” Hospice golf tournament will be Saturday, June 6, at TIPS Golf Course. It is located at 57172 East End Road.
Early entry fees are $ 55 per person and includes18 holes of golf, lunch and range balls. Early registration can be made at the Hospice of Homer office, 265 E. Pioneer Ave. Suite 3 or at the TIPS Golf Course. Registration on the day of the event at the course is $65 and starts at 8 a.m. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.
The Mariners finished regular season play with a win over the Kenai Kardinals and a loss and win against the Palmer Moose.
Mariners win big over the Kardinals:
The Homer Mariners travelled to Kenai May 21, routing the Kardinals 17-5. Brandon Beachy pitched a strong game for Homer, with Greg Smith catching. Beachy gave up six hits and minimized free passes, limiting the scoring by Kenai. JJ Sonnen came on to pitch a 1-2-3 6th inning in relief.
The Homer softball team defeated Kenai Central 20-0 in three innings on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action at Kenai.
Homer is 13-3 overall and 6-0 in the NLC, qualifying the Mariners for the small-schools state tournament, which will be June 5-6 in Fairbanks.
The Kardinals finish the season at 2-10 overall and 1-5 in the Northern Lights Conference.
All went according to plan for the Mariners during last weekend’s Region III Track and Field championships at the Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.
“Things went really well,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.
Homer’s strong performance on both the girls and boys side means 20 Mariners will participate in this weekend’s state meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
“We’re in seven out of eight relays,” said Steyer.
The girls team will participate in all four relays.
A phenomenal season for the boys’ soccer team is nearing its conclusion as the Mariners prepare for regionals.
This past week made for an exciting buildup to the end of the season. On May 13, the boys faced Soldotna for the second time. Soldotna has proven to be a challenge for the Mariners, having wiped out the team 3-0 in past games.
This time, while the Mariners still lost, the boys were able to score against the Soldotna Stars and finish the game with a score of 3-1.
The Homer High School Track and Field teams finished strong during the Borough Championships this past Saturday, placing third overall.
“We concentrated on everybody’s better events or events they needed to get a qualifying regional time in,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They all ran terrific. It’s exciting across the board.”
Although Steyer is pleased with all the athletes’ performances as of late, he is especially excited about the boys’ team performances.
The Homer Mariners varsity baseball team honored their nine senior baseball players before Monday’s game against Houston. The Mariners defeated the Hawks 14-4. Sheldon Hutt pitched five strong innings for the Mariners, earning the win.
The Mariners softball team partnered with Kodiak to participate in The StrikeOut Cancer Games last week. The event not only raised cancer awareness among the players, but also meant some good softball.
Homer and Kodiak played two games, with Homer winning each time.
The Homer Mariners Track and Field team traveled to Palmer this past weekend to participate in the Colony Invitational at Colony High School.
The Colony boys and Kenai Central girls track and field teams won the Colony Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
It has been a roller coaster sea- son for the Mariners girls soccer team. Though the team faced formi- dable challenges this past week go- ing up against both Kenai and Grace Christian School, the team pulled it together on Saturday for a 5-0 win against Nikiski.
The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 16 athletes to the Splash Into Spring Invitational Swim Meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, May 8-9. The meet drew 300 athletes from eight teams. The Kings swam to an outstanding 75 percent individual and relay personal re- cords (PRs).
After a series of losses, the Mariners boys’ soccer team proved they were still a force to be reckoned with as the boys scored a 4-0 win against Kodiak on Tuesday.
Freshmen Charles Rohr hit the ground running scoring a goal in the first half with an assist from Ren Carroll, a junior. The mo- mentum Rohr began in the first half only grew in the second.